The Fog


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“A haunting but hopeful allegory.”
Publishers Weekly

“Reaching out lifts both fog and spirits; it brightens days and nights. A song about sharing that’s sure to lift readers’ spirits as well.”
Kirkus, starred review

“It’s as if Maclear is communicating to readers, albeit with the lightest of touches, that the first step to taking care of our crowded planet, which we humans are polluting by the second, is to notice. Come for the charming bird-girl friendship; stay for Pak’s soft-focus, velvety artwork.”
—Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews

“Have you ever felt (recently, perhaps) that things have changed in dramatic, even unsettling, ways? And that not everyone fully appreciates the significance of those changes? Then this is the book for you, a smart allegory about a strange fog that descends on an island. One local bird is unnerved by the development; others simply accept it. It’s the picture book equivalent of “this is not normal,” and it places a premium on paying attention.”
John A. Sellers, Publishers Weekly children’s reviews editor

“Kyo Maclear writes with such feeling and heart and she manages to turn such a heavy topic into a light-hearted, up-lifting yet poignant storyline. Coupled with Kenard Pak’s delightfully delicate illustrations, this makes an in-depth subject matter truly accessible for a younger generation.”
Picture Books Blogger

“This beautifully illustrated picture book is a timely allegory about the environment that treats a heavy question—How do you get people to care about a problem they can’t see?—with a light and humorous touch.”

“The Fog is just what I have been searching for: a compass to help our children navigate life on this warming planet. Brimming with humour, wisdom and hope.”
—Naomi Klein, author This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

“The Fog is Kyo’s best work yet.”
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